Auckland, you lucky things. Extraordinary genre-fusing Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD will take their only break from the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival tour to play The Kings Arms on January 28.
Since coming together as a three-piece at music school in 2011, BADBADNOTGOOD have made the music world take notice of their instrumentals that melded jazz virtuosity with hip hop source materials. Early champions included acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator. Their list of collaborators include the likes of Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah and RZA.
Now a four-piece, BADBADNOTGOOD's 2016 effort IV broadened into RnB and included guest vocalists including KAYTRANADA, Future Islands’ Samuel T Herring and Mick Jenkins for the first time to stunning effect.
“Fiery hip-hop instrumentals, creamy rhythm and blues balladry and classic lounge vibes are explored with equal excitement--and pulled off with equal panache.” - The Skinny
The Guardian calls BADBADNOTGOOD “innovative and imaginative”.